Eur J Plast Surg (2003) 26:379 DOI 10.1007/s00238-003-0544-3 BOOK REVIEW L. Clodius Birkhuser, 2002, 358 pp (ISBN 3-7643-669-0) $55.00 US Published online: 12 November 2003 Springer-Verlag 2003 Learning, memory: Is not everybody interested, fascinat- a chapter on pharmacological modulation. Control of ed? Here is a book on this subject, edited by specialists on memories; Adaptive specialisation of memories—adap- cognition research and psychology. Do you know the tive specialisation in learning processes. “grand question” of the twenty-first century? How does This reviewer was especially intrigued by two chap- the brain enable the mind? This question is at the core of ters: those on the principle of learning based on multiple research on human learning and memory. Learning, what brain structures and on the principle of emotional is it? Probably the obtaining and acquiring of individual learning. Mind–body dichotomy? Can you divide thinking experiences (to be used successfully) and by analysing into cognition and emotion, as we are taught? As plastic information. I am sure you would agree, dear reader, that surgeons we know of the importance of the patient’s learning has a lot to do with our personal development subjective interpretation of our surgery: We may be happy and with our teachers. Memory, the faculty of our brain to with our surgical result, but not so the patient. We are accumulate, to store information and perhaps to integrate then convinced that the patient is turning away from it. There is an immense amount of research on learning reality, not wanting to accept it. Our facts or the patients’ and memory in the different scientific disciplines. values? Reason versus emotion? Probably despite the This volume focuses on the most topical and central attitudes of some money-minded lawyers, it is our goal, phenomena, which are discussed in 15 chapters. The our task to obtain a volitional relationship between our contents of the book are grouped in four categories: surgical result and the patient’s consciousness, to obtain a Learning and acquisition of knowledge, storage and body–mind harmony with our patient. representation of knowledge, processing of knowledge On the subject of results from physiology, cognitive in working memories and the evolution of structures and neuropsychology and cognitive experimental psychology, processes underlying learning and memory. Perhaps you this book emphasizes connections between the findings are interested in a more detailed list of the contents: on different levels. This approach may help to provide a Formation of memories, with for instance a chapter on the broader view and understanding of human learning and principle of brain plasticity; Organization of memories, memory. with for example a chapter on the principle of multiple memory systems; Consolidation of memories, containing L. Clodius Plastische und Wiederherstellende Chirurgie, FMH, Seefeldstrasse 4, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland Weid 17, 8126 Zumikon, Switzerland
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